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FERC Gives Atlantic Coast Pipeline Green Light to Resume Construction

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, September 18, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Dominion Energy permission to resume construction on its Atlantic Coast Pipeline yesterday.  The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. Two additional, shorter laterals will connect to two Dominion Energy electric generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline spokesperson Aaron Ruby had this to say in response to the FERC authorization:

"We are pleased to get back to work on this very important public infrastructure project. With FERC’s approval today, we are mobilizing our crews immediately to resume construction as authorized. We are closely monitoring weather conditions across the project footprint and will of course only resume work in areas where it is safe to do so and where weather conditions permit.
 
We commend the Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service for promptly addressing the issues raised by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and FERC’s Stop Work Order. The agencies have reaffirmed that the project does not threaten any federally protected species and is consistent with the public use of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
 
Public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina are depending on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to meet the growing energy needs of consumers and businesses. The project remains on track for completion by the end of next year, which will allow public utilities to meet growing demand for cleaner electricity, residential home heating and power for local businesses.
 
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been the most thoroughly reviewed infrastructure project in the history of our region. The additional scrutiny we’ve recently received from the courts and the agencies are further evidence of the high standard that is being applied to the project." 

For more information, visit www.atlanticcoastpipeline.com


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